world musicworld music
contemporary folk and popular music of Africa, Latin America, and Asia, as distinguished from that of the U.S., the U.K., and, sometimes, W Europe
Music from cultures other than those of Western Europe and English-speaking North America, especially popular music from Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
(plural world musics)
- traditional music (sometimes called folk music or roots music) of any culture that are created and played by indigenous musicians or that are "closely informed or guided by indigenous music of the regions of their origin," including Western music (e. g. Celtic music).
- Replacement for folk music as a shorthand description for the very broad range of recordings of traditional indigenous music and song from around the world.